Home Party Plans - Which One Suits You Best?
Whether you currently work in or out of your home, it never hurts to have a way to add
some extra money to your family's bottom line. Home party plan opportunities are a logical
choice because they are a tried-and-true method for generating an extra income, while
allowing you to work around your family's schedule.
The home party plan method of direct marketing is effective because home parties bring
a highly targeted group of potential customers together in a pleasant, positive environment
where they have come specifically to learn about your unique products and business
opportunity (also referred to as a captive audience)!
In joining forces with a home party plan company, you are effectively starting your own
business, and will be investing your time, energy and money in order to become successful.
But with so many home party plan companies out there, how do you know which one will best
suit your lifestyle and the needs of your family? Before committing to any party plan
opportunity, do your research!
Read about the company on its official website, and ask questions of a current company
consultant. You can usually find a local consultant on a company's official website, but
if not, you can always find one by doing a Google search in the format "company name"
+ consultant + "wherever you live".
Use the questions below to help you evaluate each party plan opportunity you are considering.
1. Evaluate the Home Party Company Itself:
How long has the company been in business? Seriously consider joining a company
that is already well established and still expanding. When you sign up with a new home
party company, you are taking a risk that it won't be around for the long term.
Is the company stable and reliable? Check the company's track record for
timeliness of payment to consultants. You are wasting your resources if you join forces
with a company that is unreliable in the payment department,
Does the company state its mission and vision? Make sure that the company you
join holds values similar to your own so that you can feel good about representing it.
How does the company deliver its products? Does the company ship directly to
your customer, or will you have to stock inventory and deliver (or ask your hostess to
deliver) purchases? Are products delivered quickly and efficiently? Are the customer
shipping charges reasonable?
How strong is the company's guarantee and customer service? You want to work
with a company who is there for you and your customers. Call the company to ask some
questions. Check to see how thoroughly and courteously they respond. Also, choose to work
with a company whose policy is to provide an unconditional money back guarantee.
How much competition does the company face in your area? In some areas, the
market may be saturated for a given opportunity, while in others you could be the first.
Check for newspaper and bulletin board ads for other consultants from the company you're
thinking about joining. How often do you get cards or door hangers for this opportunity
at your home? If you think you see too much competition, you may need to consider